A procedural change has been made in Turkey regarding access to files held by the Competition Authority for an ongoing investigation. The Investigation Committee now assesses applications to access such information based on the information supplied in a specific form. The Communique Amending the Communique on Regulation of Right to Access File and Preservation of Trade Secret (“Communique”) was published in Official Gazette number 29610 on 31 January 2016, entering into effect on the same day.

Applicants seeking to access files held by the Competition Authority in an ongoing investigation must accurately and completely complete a form titled “Application Form for Access the File”. The form includes information about persons who will attend the examination, method and reasons for examination, as well as identification of the documents which will be examined.

From now on, the Investigation Committee will evaluate these applications, based specifically on the information submitted in the form (Article 2 of the Communique).

Please see this link for the full text of the Communiqué (only available in Turkish).

Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.